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The Nightmare

A Novel (Joona Linna, Book 2)
Narrated by: Saul Reichlin
Series: Joona Linna, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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The second installment in the number-one internationally best-selling Joona Linna series, The Nightmare finds Joona teaming up with a national security agent to find the link between two mysterious, seemingly unrelated deaths.

One summer night, police discover the lifeless body of a young woman on an abandoned yacht. She appears to have drowned, but it's clear she was never in the water. The next day, a man is found hanging in his completely empty apartment. It seems like a suicide, but the circumstances are suspicious. 

Detective Joona Linna is called in to investigate, and with the help of a young Swedish Security Police detective named Saga Bauer, he soon discovers a surprising connection between the two deaths. With more lives at stake, Joona and Saga must fight to stop a killer who always seems to be one step ahead. Ultimately, the case will lead them into the shadowy world of international arms trafficking, where they are forced to confront a ruthless psychopath.

©2018 Lars Kepler (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Intricate detective work and heart-ticking suspense.” (The Boston Globe)

“Action-oriented, inventive, with over-the-top plots and larger-than-life heroes and criminals.” (Los Angeles Times Magazine)

"Gripping.... Kepler will have you turning pages long after your bedtime." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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I usually love this author

But it was hard to follow and uninteresting. You didn't learn to love anyone enough to care what happened to them. I wondered if some of the problem was in the translation because the sentences were very flat. In the end, I didn't get to the end. I stopped about halfway. Maybe I'll try again another day because I bought it.

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written for American TV or flim

The unfortunate pattern of American drama--book, tv, film--is that they are long on action, special effects and violence but short on character development and story. That's my view of this book which I don't expect from Scandinavian fiction.

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Not worth the time

I’ve been looking for a Joona Linna story to match The Sandman. This is not it. Meandering and slow. Too many new characters to capture. I couldn’t finish it.

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mostly a 4

I like Las Keplar, the author who
brings this series of Swedish police mysteries y o us. This book starts off well with a couple of quick bodies. Then it veers into some tiresome infighting....
after wichita it veers again with enough bad guys and good guys to pick up the pace and racet I a fine ending. It is smart, very interesring, and fun to listen too.